The Baldwin scenic hiking trail here in Sedona, AZ, is just minutes from my home. One of my favorite Sedona hikes, this pathway has many Prickly Pear cacti to go around along with all other types of plants which offer awe-inspiring views of Cathedral Rock, Oak Creek is accessible as it meanders through wooded and open desert areas alike. Delight-in this southwest Sedona landscape while enjoying the sound of the rippling waters of the Oak Creek which serenades you for much of this trail.
Inspired by Van Gogh’s whimsical later works I started my career as an artist feeling drawn to work with vivid color in my early years of painting. This Sedona landscape painting of the sky you see here were done using both hands simultaneously. This technique learned in a workshop with artist/teacher Bonnie Hartenstein here in Sedona, AZ. I’ve used this technic in “Church House Rock” & “Rabbit Ears.”
I love being able to offer this Sedona landscape painting as a canvas print. This Van Gogh quotation seems particularly apropos for this painting: “One begins by plaguing oneself to no purpose to be true to nature, and one concludes by working quietly from one’s palette alone, and then nature is the result.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
Budda Beach off of the Baldwin
They start out haphazardly, a little pile of stacked pebbles here and there. This is just another form of Sedona Art. Soon, though, the paths, tree limbs, and creek beds are covered in them, thousands upon thousands of statues created by human hands. These are life’s little Buddhas, cairns that resemble the Buddha’s plump belly and small head. You can build your own or add rocks to existing Buddhas, but you cannot take away from them. The difficulty in tracing Budda Beach history, though, comes from the fact that it’s not meant to be permanent. Each spring, when the high waters rush down Oak Creek Canyon, the Buddhas are intended to find their ways back into the water, where they will be carried downstream and will be rebuilt once again.